Ideas for Christmas Decorations

handmade christmas decorations

You don’t have to spend a fortune to make your house look like a spread in ‘Homes and Gardens’ this Christmas. A few clever handmade Christmas decorations will make your house look welcoming and festive but also stylish this Xmas.

Handmade Christmas decorations in jars

Seasonal luminaries in Mason style jars are some of the easiest but most effective Christmas decoration ideas. Use them to set your table, on the mantelpiece or windowsill or even in your porch or along your front path.

You will need:

  • Glass jars
  • Pine cones
  • Snow spray
  • Brown string
  • Epsom salts
  • Candle

Start by spraying your snow around the rim, neck and shoulders of the jars – where it would naturally lay if it were freshly fallen! Spray a little snow on your pine cones too at this point.

Use a glue gun around the neck of the jar and wrap the twine around it a few times, keeping the ends of the twine free. Use the glue gun again to glue the ends of the twine around the pine cones so they sit neatly at the top of the jar.

Pour some Epsom salts into the jar to about an inch deep, then use a pair of tongs to put a candle into the jar, on top of the salt ‘snow’.

Alternatively, apply a seasonal sticker to the outside of the jar – reindeer, Christmas tree, snowman etc. Spray glass paint all over the outside of the jar – white always looks good. Carefully peel the sticker off to leave a clear patch in silhouette. Wrap some brown twine around the jar neck and tie neatly in a bow. Pour an inch of Epsom salts into the bottom of the jar and place a candle on top.

Snow jar handmade Christmas decorations

Turn your jars upside down and create a miniature snowy forest.

You will need:

  • Glass jars
  • Small Christmas ornaments and fake fir tree pieces
  • Glitter
  • Epsom salts

Use a glue gun to stick your little fir trees, miniature snowmen, reindeer or other Christmas ornaments to the inside of your jar lids. Allow to dry completely.

Sprinkle a layer of silver glitter in the bottom of your jars, followed by a thicker layer of Epsom salts – about half an inch. Screw your ornamented jar lid on carefully, then tip the jar upside down so the ‘snow’ falls over the ornaments and then lays on the jar lid base as if it were freshly fallen.

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